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Influencing and Fruiting Presence of the Holy Spirit (10)

The following methods will please summarize the observations about the personal influencing and fruiting presence of the Holy Spirit in our Christian life which appeared in the many articles and conversations that we have read in our pbcaa yahoogroups blog these past several weeks. These methods are the following:

  1. Through the written or oral word of God, the Bible as processed by our mind.
  2. Through God’s material creation or nature. See Psalm 19; Romans 1:18-23.
  3. Through Christian conduct which are epistles written by the Spirit. See 2 Cor. 3:1-3;1 Pet. 3:1-6.
  4. Through God’s providence. (Ed Maquiling and Reuben Emperado submitted detailed examples.)
  5. Through the assurance that God Holy Spirit included) knows our needs even before asking Him and that God is ready to respond to our petitions and supplications. See Matt. 6:8; 7:7-11; James 5:13-18.
  6. God (Holy Spirit included) chastises a disciple He loves and it is a personal God that is capable of sending reminders in the form of sickness, diseases, some failures, some accidents, etc. See Heb. 12:3-11.

Ang ating pagaaral ay ginawa sa sisteng Pinoy. Baka mas maliwanag ang Pinoy style kaysa ibang nabasa ninyo sa mga libro o magasin. Mga kapatid, salamat sa inyong partisipasyon sa blog conversations. Kung mayroon mang kahinaan ang aming analysis, handa kaming tumanggap ng inyong pagtutuwid. May the good Lord bless us with good understanding of His word. We are ready to receive your observations and pagtutuwid.

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Does Holy Spirit personal presence in every believer divide the Holy Spirit? (4)

Does Satan personally influence people whom he seduces? (5)

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Some human acts against the person of the Holy Spirit

Personal Influencing & Fruiting Presence of the Holy Spirit (9)

By Eusebio Tanicala

Ang temang ito ang pinagdebatehan noong nakaraang taon sa Urdaneta City at Quezon City: “Resolved, that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells, influences, and guides the Christian today only through the word of God.” Tapusin muna natin ito bago talakayin yaong “indwelling” kung referido ba sa individual Christian or the corporate church.

Sa mga sumusunod na talata, mababasa natin na human beings deal with a personal Holy Spirit. And if we deal with a personal Spirit and the Spirit being God, and God is everywhere, therefore, we are, some of the time, relating with a personal Holy Spirit. Christians are not always dealing with the impersonal written/oral word. Notice the following passages.

  • Men strives versus the Holy Spirit. Genesis 6:3 and James 5:4 talk about the Holy Spirit striving with men. This suggests that on the other side of the fence, humans are struggling against the will of the Holy Spirit. Genesis 6:6-7 says that the LORD (HS included) was sorry and was grieved. This is personal on the part of the Holy Spirit. Men’s striving against the Holy Spirit is what Romans 8:1-11 & Galatians 6:8 terms as “sowing in the flesh and reaping corruption.”
  • Men in the Book of Genesis didn’t merely strive or struggle with their mental knowledge God’s word. There’s an understood personal presence of the Spirit which the people disregarded. In like manner in James’ time and following generations men strive at the same level. Isaiah 63:10 says that the Israelites rebelled against God’s Holy Spirit and the Spirit turned Himself against the Israelites.
  • Men Could Lie Against the Holy Spirit. Acts 5:3-4 says that Ananias has lied to the Holy Spirit. This strongly suggests that Ananias directed his lying to a personal Holy Spirit and a personal Spirit responded with a death penalty against the culprits. Today believers who are seduced by the Devil don’t lie to the impersonal word and the impersonal word doesn’t impart physical penalty.
  • Men Could Test the Holy Spirit. Acts 5:9 says that Sapphira had tested the Holy Spirit. This reveals a relationship with a personal Holy Spirit and the penalty response is from a personal Holy Spirit. Our modern writing style doesn’t refer to any person testing the written word of God.
  • Men Could Grieve the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 says, “…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” Grief is an emotion just like Genesis 6 tells of God being sorry for having created men and was grieved for their continual rebellion. King Saul’s repeated disobedience grieved the Holy Spirit that dwelt in him. King David’s adultery and murderous acts grieved the Holy Spirit but he repented and prayed that the Spirit be not taken away from him. In Isaiah’s time, the Israelites “rebelled and grieved” the Holy Spirit says Isaiah 63:10. All these cases are suggestive of dealing with a persona. We don’t speak today of grieving the written or oral word.
  • Men Could Quench the Holy Spirit. 1Thes. 5:19, “Quench not the Holy Spirit.” This reveals emotion so it means that we are relating with a personal being that has emotion and one that personally reacts. Today we don’t ever speak about believers quenching the written or oral word.
  • When the Holy Spirit empowers a teachable disciple the Spirit is victorious. Acts 6:10, “…were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.” This, connected with Acts 6:5, suggests a personal Holy Spirit that gives courage and excellence in speech. The empowering personal Spirit is different from the speech of the disciple.
  • Men Could Resist the Holy Spirit. Acts 7:51, “…You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.”

This suggests that men’s stubbornness or disobedience is a resistance against a personal Spirit.

  • Men Could Blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Matt. 12:312 & Mk 3:29, “…but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” This is a strong suggestion that some acts of men are directed against a persona.
  • Men Could Speak Against the Holy Spirit. Matt. 12:32, “…whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”
  • Ananias and Sapphira Wagered with a Personal Satan. Acts 5:3. Whys is Satan a persona in this chapter but not the Holy Spirit? The Spirit was given to Ananias and Sapphira after their baptism, but the roaring lion Devil (1 Peter 5:8) doesn’t spare even those in the church. Beware because Satan could even go and make a wager in the inner sanctum of the heavens. Read Job 1 & 2.

Satan was able to lure out Judas Iscariot from among the 12 disciples of Jesus (Luke 21:3) and this is a personal Satan working. Satan could even penetrate the inner circle of our Lord. Beware! This is a personal Devil prowling around.

Jesus says, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” I believe that a personal Satan dared to wager with Christ Jesus. It was a special prayer of our Lord Jesus that saved Peter from total apostasy. Peter denied Jesus three times that fateful night, but he had an honest heart and a strong determination to do what is right. He bitterly cried that same night when his conscience bothered him. With the help of Christ’s prayer!

If Satan personally and tirelessly works against believers, we should consider the idea that a personal Holy Spirit is present to strengthen believers. Woe unto the person who thinks he and his mental understanding of the scriptures are sufficient protection against all the allurements of the Devil.

Yes, the Holy Scriptures are sufficient to give objective directions for right living but the flesh is subjectively weak. Just as the Law of God which was mediated by Moses was good and holy but man is the weak party. Read Romans 7. Sweet Eve promenaded with deity at the cool of day but in an unguarded moment an innocently talking seducer lured her mind, her taste buds and her stomach. She was forever trapped. King David sang all his sweetest praise psalms but his hormones overpowered his mind. King Solomon could recite his thousands of wisdom-filled proverbs and recite the best dedicatory prayers but his pride and lust swallowed him up. Judas Iscariot sat down at the feet of Jesus and drank from the pure sermon-fountains of the greatest teacher but shiny silver coins blinded him. An Apostle Peter, the primus inter pares, could proclaim his undying devotion to his Master but in a critical moment thrice denied his God and he needed a special prayer from his Teacher and a period of grace for him to mature. All of these favored people failed and needed God’s patience. I’d be most delighted to see a brother who claims to be more intellectually endowed than King Solomon, more inspired than King David, more devoted to a Master than Simon Peter or a sister who has daily walked with God in the cool of day who could claim to conquer Satan single handedly through his/her pure hermeneutics without the mediation of the Savior and intercession of the Holy Spirit.

After having presented different viewpoints on this issue I now state my position: “The Holy Spirit indwells, influences, guides the Christian today through the word of God, sometimes personally in conjunction with the word, and sometimes without the word but not contrary to the word.” The degree of influence of the Holy Spirit is dependent upon the degree of a person’s surrender to the Spirit and dependent upon the degree of possession the Holy Spirit has of the inner being of an individual.
I hope that this short article has given some clarification in our search for more light. Kung mayroong kahinaan ang
aming analysis, handa kaming tumanggap ng inyong pagtutuwid.

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Some Activities of the Holy Spirit in Christian Life

Personal Influencing & Fruiting Presence of the Holy Spirit (8)

By Eusebio Tanicala


Ang temang ito ang pinagdebatehan noong nakaraang taon sa Urdaneta City at Quezon City: “Resolved, that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells, influences, and guides the Christian today only through the word of God.” Tapusin muna natin ito bago talakayin yaong “indwelling” kung referido ba sa individual Christian or the corporate church.

Why is the presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life a gift? Sa mga Pinoy ang agimat o anting-anting ay isang kaloob. Sinong Pinoy ang ayaw tatanggap ng isang agimat upang siya ay kagaya ni General Emilio Aguinaldo or President Ferdinand Marcos or Fernando Poe, Jr. or Ramon Revilla?

Anu-anong mga maibibigay ng Espiritu Santo sa isang mananampalataya? Lalo na sa spiritual na pamumuhay? Basahin ninyo ang mga sumusunod na talata:

  • Roma 5:5– Pours out God’s love into hearts;
  • Roma 8:9; Gal. 5:22-23 – Your life radiates with the fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
  • Gal. 5:25 –Walk in the Spirit or walk on safe spiritual ground;
  • Rom 8:13 – Helps us put to death works of the flesh;
  • Rom 8:4; Gal 5:8 – Leads us in spiritual path;
  • Romans 8:16 – Bears witness to our spirit before God;
  • Roma 14:17; Eph. 5:18—Creates joy in our hearts;
  • Roma 8:26-27 –Intercedes for the believer;
  • 1 Cor. 12:7-9 – Distributes gifts of talents for ministry;
  • 1 Cor. 12:13 – Helps in our obedience in baptism;
  • Eph. 2:18—Helps us in accessing the Father;
  • Phil. 3:3 & 1 Thes. 1:5-6; Eph 5:18-19—Helps us in worship;
  • 2 Thes 2:13 & 1 Pet. 1:2 – Helps in our sanctification;
  • 2 Tim. 1:14 – Helps us guard & keep pure the sound words of God;
  • Titus 3:5 –Helps in the renewal of our life;
  • 1 Pet. 1:22 – Helps us in obeying the truth; Jude 20 – Helps us pray and build up faith;
  • Eph 3:16 –Helps strengthen with might the inner man.

Ang mga ito ay ilan lamang sa agimat na idinudulot o ipinagkakaloob ng Espiritu Santo. A successful believer who attains life eternal in heaven is “more than a conqueror.” A successful Christian life is greater than the exploits of Alexander the Great, Herod the Great, Constantine the Great, Charlemagne the Great, Gregory the Great, Charles the Great taken together.

Kung mayroong kahinaan ang aming analysis, handa kaming tumanggap ng inyong pagtutuwid.

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The Gift in Acts 2:38 and the Promise in Acts 2:39

Personal Influencing & Fruiting Presence of the Holy Spirit (7)

By Eusebio Tanicala

Ang temang ito ang pinagdebatehan noong nakaraang taon sa Urdaneta City at Quexon City: “Resolved, that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells, influences, and guides the Christian today only through the word of God.” Tapusin muna natin ito bago talakayin yaong “indwelling” kung referido ba sa individual Christian or the corporate church.

Proper understanding of Acts 2:38’s “gift of the Holy Spirit” and Acts 2:39’s “promise” will greatly help us understand the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life.

The promised pouring out and reception of the Holy Spirit among the Israelites was an anxiously awaited happening by the Jews. Why was possession of the Holy Spirit a much coveted gift? It was so because those in the OT who received the Holy Spirit, were great leaders, powerful workers, courageous fighters and outstanding artisans. Sa ating Pinoy ito ay katumbas ng agimat. Sa taga-Ilocos ito ay anting-anting. It’s a talisman and amulet. Sino ba naman ang ayaw magkaroon nito?

This Holy Spirit’s coming is both a prophecy and a promised gift from God. Please read Isaiah 11:2, Isa. 32:15;Joel 2:28-32; Zech. 12:10; Ezek. 36:27; 39:29; Luke 11:13; 24:49; John 14:16, 17, 26; John 16:7, 13; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:33; Acts 10:44-47 and 11:17. The promise and prophecy was not confined to the “baptismal measure.”

Reception of this pouring of the Holy Spirit in its Baptismal Measure on record was received by the Apostles in Acts 2:1-4. Other groups upon which the Holy Spirit directly descended were, first, the group in the house of prayer in Acts 4:23, 31which possibly included those who would become deacons in Acts 6:1-8; and secondly, that of Saul who later on became Apostle Paul in Acts 9:10-19 and the household of Cornelius in Acts 10:44-47.

On the other hand, those who received the Laying-on-of-Hands Measure on record are those in Acts 8:17-19 and Acts 19:6. It’s possible that others received this measure of the Holy Spirit as suggested in 1 Cor. 12 and 1 Cor. 14.

Another measure or degree of Holy Spirit presence as a gift is the Ordinary Measure. This degree is received by all who repent and are baptized into Jesus Christ. Apostle Peter declares this in Acts 2:38. Actual reception of this gift is recorded in Acts 5:322; Romans 8:11, 15; 1Cor. 6:19; Gal. 3:2; 3:14; Eph 1:13-14; Eph 2:22; 4::30; Phil. 2:1; Heb. 6:4 and James 5:4. Under the Ordinary Measure, are the charismatic gifts for administration, for teaching, strength of faith, charitable works, bountiful giving, etc. The Holy Spirit’s presence in the genuine Christian’s life serves as “seal of ownership” as well as “earnest, partial payment, down payment, guarantee, assurance of redemption.”

The baptismal measure, the laying-on-of-hands measure and the ordinary measure, are all parts of the promised pouring and coming of the Holy Spirit. There are many things that the Holy Spirit does to the obedient believer especially in the spiritual level which is why the Spirit is a spiritual agimat, a spiritual amulet which the Israelites desired.

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The Promise in Acts 2:39

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By Eusebio Tanicala

Ang temang ito ang pinagdebatehan noong nakaraang taon sa Urdaneta City at Quezon City: “Resolved, that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells, influences, and guides the Christian today only through the word of God.” Tapusin muna natin ito bago talakayin yaong”indwelling” kung referido ba sa individual Christian or the corporate church.

In reacting to the modern Pentecostalist’s claim of a continuing miraculous healing and tongue speaking, we in the Churches of Christ have produced some wrong arguments. These arguments are like the wrong arguments that have been drawn from Amos 5 and 6 in our reaction against the promoters of mechanical instruments of music in church worship saying that instruments of music were prohibited in the above passages when in fact they are not.

From the very first months I attended classes at the Bible College fifty years ago, I have heard the following arguments based on Acts 2 that the “promise” applies to the (1) Holy Spirit baptismal measure upon the 12 apostles; (2) That since the “promise is unto all flesh” the 12 apostles represented the Jewish sector while the household of Cornelius represented the Gentile sector, the fulfillment is representative; (3) That by nature a “promise” when fulfilled once it ceases to exist and since the Jews and the Gentiles were both represented in this baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 and Acts 10 this baptismal measure with its attendant miraculous powers ceased when the apostles and church leaders they laid hands on to impart the Holy Spirit died; (4) Therefore, miraculous healing and speaking in tongues have also ceased.

I believe that we have to revise our interpretation about the people or groups of people the “promise” was directed to. I believe that “promise” is not limited to the “baptismal measure” only. It is only a portion of the whole promise. The “promise” or prophecy in Joel 2:28-32 is the pouring of the Holy Spirit unto all flesh. I believe that the “unto all flesh” provision of the promise is kingdom-wide in application because of the following specifics of Joel: sons and daughters, old men, young men, menservants, maidservants, whoever calls on the name of the LORD, among the remnant whom the LORD calls. Please look at the passages again.

Acts 2:39 says, “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:33 also calls the Pentecost Day phenomenon the “promise of the Holy Spirit.” It should be logical to conclude that the “gift of the Holy Spirit” in verse 38 is the promise stated in verse 39 which the baptized believer receives. This is the Ordinary Measure of the Holy Spirit which the 3,000 baptized believers received during the Day of Pentecost. This Ordinary Measure of the Holy Spirit is part of the promised pouring out of the Holy Spirit unto all flesh.

The “representative fulfillment of the baptismal measure of the Holy Spirit” is a wrong interpretation in the light of Acts 2:39 as the fulfillment of the whole promise. If it were correct that the two incidents (12 apostles in Acts 2 and Cornelius household in Acts 10) fulfilled the whole promise, Acts 2:39 would be contradicted because the children of the audience, the people afar off, as many as the Lord God will call are all included recipients of the promise. We in the Churches of Christ interpret “afar off” in Eph. 2:13 to refer to the Ephesians and by extension Filipinos also.

The Ephesians had received the Holy Spirit because it was given to each believer as a seal of redemption (4:30); the Holy Spirit mightily strengthened the Ephesian Christians (3:16); the Holy Spirit was fruiting in the individual lives (5:9), and the Holy Spirit was personally present or else the term“grieving” Him would be a wrong expression of the inspired apostle. Acts 19:1-6 tells us of 12 Ephesians who received the Holy Spirit after Apostle Paul laid his hands on them.

I wish you a fruitful reflection on the word. More short articles to follow.Kung mayroong kahinaan ang aming analysis, handa kaming tatanggap ng inyong pagtutuwid.

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Does Satan personally influence people whom he seduces?

Personal Influencing & Fruiting Presence of the Holy Spirit (5)

By Eusebio Tanicala

Note: Ang temang ito ang pinagdebatehan noong nakaraang taon sa Urdaneta City at Quezon City: “Resolved, that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells, influences and guides the Christian today only through the word of God.” Tapusin muna natin ito bago talakayin yaong “indwelling” kung referido ba sa individual Christian or the corporate church.

Advocates of the “through the word only” influence of the Holy Spirit put a burden on the advocates of “personal indwelling.” Unknowingly, the seeming difficulty is a shared burden for both sides.

Let’s make a comparison and contrast table on the influencing and seducing personal work of Satan on one hand and the influencing and fruiting personal work of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s analyze 1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” (NKJV)

Now we ask “thro the word only” as well as the “personal indwelling” advocates to answer the following questions:

  1. Is it possible for a personal Satan to be in 1,000 different barangays at the same one moment in time?
  2. Is it possible for a personal Satan to roar at 1,000 different individuals at the same one moment in time?
  3. Is it possible for a personal Satan to divide himself into 1,000 personal Satanitos that simultaneously go around in 1,000 different barangays and simultaneously tempt 1,000 different individuals at the same moment in time?
  4. Satan is the God of this age says 2Cor. 4:4, is he everywhere around the world at the same moment in time?
  5. When Satan roars and tempts every 1,000 individual at the same moment in time, does each individual Christian feel he is confronting a personally present Satan?
  6. Who is more omnipresent Satan or the Holy Spirit?
  7. Who is more omnipotent and omniscient the Holy Spirit or Satan?
  8. If Satan employs individual evil spirits to act for him, could not the Holy Spirit employ good angels to act for Him?
  9. Is it possible for the omnipresent and omnipotent Holy Spirit to be one person and yet make every individual believer feel that the Holy Spirit is personally dealing with him?
  10. Is it against the scriptures for the omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, immanent, transcendent God to personally attend simultaneously to the petitions of 1,000,000 believers at the same one moment in time?
  11. Since the omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, immanent, transcendent God is present everywhere, in heaven and on earth, does God’s presence both in heaven and on earth divide God into many Gods?
  12. Since the Holy Spirit is God and God is everywhere, that makes the Holy Spirit persona present both in heaven and on earth, does the Holy Spirit’s presence in several places divide the Holy Spirit persona into several persons?

I suggest that both sides should answer the above questions and that no further argumentation be made unless these are given honest answers. Have a nice day reflecting on the questions. More short articles are forthcoming. Kung mayroong kahinaan ang aming analysis, handa kaming tumanggap ng inyong pagtutuwid.

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Personal Influencing & Fruiting Presence of the Holy Spirit (4)

By Eusebio Tanicala

Note: Ang temang ito ang pinagdebatehan noong nakaraang taon sa Urdaneta City at Quezon City: “Resolved, that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells, influences and guides the Christian today only through the word of God.” Tapusin muna natin ito bago talakayin yaong “indwelling” kung referido ba sa individual Christian or the corporate church.

One big obstacle from accepting the personal presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer today is the possibility of contradicting the theological dogma which states, “God is indivisible.”

Personal presence would mean, to the human mind, that each Christian today would have a dwarf Holy Spirit in him. If there were 1 billion believers today then there would be one billion dwarf Holy Spirit inhabiting every believer.

To help us confront the seeming difficulty, the doubter should first answer the following:

  1. When the eternal divine nature (Godhead) of Christ dwelt/dwells in the human body of Christ, did/does the Holy Spirit became/become a dwarf Spirit reduced to the dimension of approximately 6 feet height, 2 feet width and 6 inches thickness human body size?
  2. When the Holy Spirit descended and alighted on Jesus in the form of a dove, was the Holy Spirit’s size and personal presence reduced to the body size of a human being?
  3. When the 12 apostles received the baptismal measure of the Holy Spirit, did the Holy Spirit divide Himself into 12 dwarf Spirits?
  4. Did Moses and the 70 elders in Num. 11:23-30 each possess individual dwarf Holy Spirits? (5) When the Holy Spirit descended on the household members of Cornelius in Acts 10, did the Holy Spirit divide Himself into dwarf Spirits?

Should we subject deity under the law of solid matter? One solid matter can be present at one given moment in one given place. But an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent deity could transcend time and space. A limited illustration could be television and tele-conferencing and tele-lecturing today. Today a lecturer could be in one place but can appear on big screens before big audiences in many countries simultaneously. And audiences could directly interact with the lecturer 10,000 miles away. That is the wonder of technology. And God is one billion times more wonderful than modern information technology. It should, therefore, be no worry to anyone when we talk about the Holy Spirit being present personally with every believer.

The above questions should be sincerely confronted and answered. We should confront the issue head on. What one puts as a burden on the advocate of “personal indwelling” is the same burden that the “through the word only” advocate should carry. Until these questions are answered no further argumentation should be done by those who are struggling about this issue. I wish you a peaceful day of reflection on God’s word. Kung may kanihaan ang aming analysis, handa kaming tumanggap ng inyong pagtutuwid.

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